Article updated on November 29, 2007

How to make your user folders private, like Desktop, Start menu, Cookies and favorites. Making your user folders private is a good thing to do if you share the computer with other users.

This article covers how to make My documents private


  1. Start windows explorer (Win key + E)
  2. Browse to your windows folder, usually c:
  3. Doubleclick "Documents and settings" folder
  4. Doubleclick your user account folder
  5. Right click on Desktop folder
  6. Click "Properties"
  7. Click "Sharing" tab
  8. Check "Make this folder private"
  9. Click ok!
  10. Do steps 5 to 10 with Start menu folder , Cookies folder and favorites folder.